One time, we were messengers. The pay was bad. After adjusting for on-shift burrito consumption, average net was ~$0 USD. Working with that kind of budget, it’s easy to rule out international travel. So for all the messenger community that can’t scrape together a measly $500,000 to go to Switzerland, pack up your bike and take a vacation/bender in New Orleans, August 2-4, the coldest week of the year.
Here’s something rad that you don’t have to drop tons of loot on. Travis of Freight Baggage and Dean, lead NACCC Atlanta Organizer are working with Skip Town and YYR to put together a weekend of riding, racing, and revelry for both locals and guests from afar. While the event was conceived as a messenger summit, races and events will be open to all. However, some pretty sweet prizes are reserved for those registered as messengers. Best of all, a generous portion of the profits from the weekend will be donated to the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund. Mark your calendar for August 2-4, and get ready for a rowdy weekend. Big thanks to Freight, All City, Trash Bags, PBR, Bicycle Michael’s, and all our other sponsors for ponying up all the killer prizes. Without further ado, here’s the breakdown on events and prices.
Friday – Stationary Bike Races For People Going Nowhere Fast
Yeah You Ride will be hosting a Goldsprint tournament and registration party on Friday night, 7PM at Half Moon. Come out and sign yourself up for all the mayhem you can handle. This is your one chance to get the Omnium price of $15 for all 3 events plus the PBR weekend-special wristband. You can also pre-register and pay for the weekend’s other events. Once you’ve got your liver up to speed, get in on the Goldsprint tournament to get your legs warmed up for weekend. Individual entry for Goldsprints is $5
Saturday – Alleycat For People Who Can’t Wait To Go Somewhere Else
As this is a messenger race, YOU WILL NEED A BAG, LOCK, AND PEN. Other than that, I don’t have a ton of info on this because I’m racing, and have to remain in the dark. But I know Dean is looking for places that will be as hard to find for locals as for visitors and Skip says a large percentage of checkpoints will feature drinking challenges and one will require you to spend $5. I predict most of the checkpoints will be along the river from Bywater to Garden District, and probably nothing north of Bayou St. John. I’m guessing total mileage will be about 20. This is all highly speculative, remember. What’s certain is that this is where the big prizes are getting won. The podium is: 1st Messenger, 1st Non-Messenger, 1st Lady, 1st Fixed, DFL. Race Finish and Afterparty by PBR at R Bar. Individual entry fee for the alleycat is $10 plus $5 for a cash checkpoint.
Sunday – Social Ride For People In No Hurry To Go Anywhere
Come out to Washington Square Park to shake off your Alleycat afterparty hangover. We’ll have champagne flowing to fuel one last lap around the city, taking in sights you may have been riding too fast too appreciate before and probably stop to corndog at a few spots. The ride will end at 12 Mile Limit. Price for the booze cruise is $5.
Get ready. This is gonna be one hell of a weekend. We’re stoked to meet and ride with all our guests from out of town. We also hope a lot of locals will come out to represent the hometown contingent. See everyone in a couple weeks.
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